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The How-To Lounge: Sticking With a Goal

The New Year isn’t the only time for resolutions. In fact, I’d wager to guess that most of us are creating goals all year long. But the problem with goals is that they don’t count for much if you don’t follow through with them. If you need help sticking with your goals, then


  • Always keep your eyes on the prize! Write your goal on sticky notes and post it all over your house. Tell your friends so they can ask you about it. The more you’re staring it in the face, the more difficult it will be to quit.
  • Make a habit out of rewarding yourself for a job well done on a week-to-week or even daily basis. Not only will your goal seem more feasible broken down into shorter spurts, but you’ll always have something to look forward to.
  • As often as you celebrate your accomplishments, overlook failures. Instead try using any missteps as motivation to keep going. If you start beating yourself up, giving up is sure to follow suit.
  • With that in mind, recognize that some missteps are inevitable. Life is too hectic and people are too imperfect for there not to be a slip every now and again. But if you can prepare for it, you’re more likely to withstand it.
  • Usually when we create a goal in the first place, there’s something that’s specifically motivating us — a promotion, new shoes, or fitting into some old jeans — but as the steps in reaching a goal wear on, it’s easy for the initial motivation to wane. Thus, you’ll be much better off if you come up with new reasons to be motivated along the way. The more motivation the better!
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